Philip Gross wins the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry

Thursday 4 February 2010, 12:57

Nicola Heywood Thomas Nicola Heywood Thomas

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Philip Gross now joins a list of eminent writers including Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy and Seamus Heaney.

He told me on the Radio Wales Arts Show that it's a special pleasure to be awarded the TS Eliot Prize as he clearly remembers being transfixed by Eliot's poem The Waste Land when he was 13.

He said that he was really just finding an excuse not to go outside on a rainy lunchtime and so had gone to the school library and opened a book at random. "I didn't understand a word of it, but I just thought, 'This is wonderful. Understanding can come later.'"

Philip Gross' book The Water Table is inspired by the Bristol Channel - the ever-changing water that he's lived near for most of his life; first growing up in north Cornwall and now looking at from his home in Penarth near Cardiff.

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